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Patrick Watson, Superchunk, Tift Merritt, Happy Goose   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MGMT drop a new video for "It's Working."

PERFUME GENIUS is advance streaming Learning.

PATRICK WATSON stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set in audio and video.

SUPERCHUNK drops "Digging Into Something," which Jon Wurster rightly calls a "pop gem."

TIFT MERRITT gets a feature plus tracks from NPR's Talk of the Nation.

BLACK LIPS drop "Before You Judge Me" as a single.

BIZARRE LOVE TRIANGLE: From New Order and Frente. The song coincidentally popped up in my Twitter more than once, so it must mean something.

DEVENDRA BANHART talks to the Jerusalem Post about not identifying with the hippie movement, indigenous music, and more... 

DEVO: Mark Mothersbaugh talks to Drowned in Sound about the band's philosophy and new album.

TOM PETTY is partnering with Tribune Co to promote his new LP and tour -- and he's traditionally resisted these types of business deals.

BLACK MOUNTAIN: Stephen McBean talks to Pitchfork about the band's upcoming Wilderness Heart LP.

TIGER WOODS: Adult movie actress and escort Devon James is claiming the golfer fathered her secret love child, according to RadarOnline.

CHARLIE SHEEN is having car trouble again. Also, here's what his divorce would likely resemble, should he and Brooke Mueller pull the trigger.

MILEY CYRUS: Linking an upskirt photo of the 17-year-old on Twitter has blogger Perez Hilton in potentially big trouble.

LINDSAY LOHAN snapped in the arms of Gerard Butler.

CAMERON DIAZ doesn't necessarily see kids in her future.

HELL FREEZES OVER: Hollywood seeks original projects.

BOX OFFICE FUTURES approved by the CFTC have Tinseltown up in arms.

THE 100 BEST FILMS IN WORLD CINEMA, according to Empire magazine.

SPAWN: Neil Gaiman is suing Todd McFarlane over the rights in certain characters in the classic comic series. Again.

JORDAN is set on becoming the Middle East's newest nuclear power.

IRAN: The hardline spiritual mentor of Ahmedinejad has made a rare public call for producing the "special weapons" that are a monopoly of a few nations - a veiled reference to nuclear arms.

AFGHANISTAN: Six months after President Obama decided to send more forces to Afghanistan, the halting progress in the war has crystallized longstanding tensions within the government over the viability of his plan to turn around the country and begin pulling out by July 2011.  The US military's anti-corruption push could be beneficial for Taliban operations, too.

HAPPY GOOSE: Let's go to the video.

THE BIRDS: An aggressive buzzard has struck fear into villagers after launching a series of bloody attacks on people.

A GOAT was detained at a DUI checkpoint in Virginia.

SNAKE SOUP is going out of style in South Korea.

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New Releases, Stars, Chemical Bros, Fanfarlo, Popcorn Kittehs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JIMMY DEAN, singer-songwriter and sausage king, passed away at age 81, so "Big Bad John" is obligatory.

NEW RELEASES: Albums from Devo, Gaslight Anthem, Tom Petty, We Are Scientists, The Like, Pernice Bros, Here We Go Magic and... Foghat are among those streaming via Spinner this week. Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere, Chris Issak and more are streaming via AOL.

BONNAROO REDUX: Still more festival sets streaming on demand via NPR, including Jimmy Cliff, Regina Spektor, Dave Rawlings, Kris Kristofferson and more...

STARS are advance streaming The Five Ghosts.

THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS are advance streaming Further.

ARCADE FIRE: Two new songs are streaming on teh Intarwebz.

FANFARLO released two videos for "Fire Escape" -- the happy version and the dark version. And it's Tuesday, iykwimaittyd.

NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS frontman Carl Newman talks to the Toronto Star about the band's humble beginnings, the backlash to the Challengers album, and more...

SUFJAN STEVENS is working with The National on his next LP. 

THE MELVINS crack the Billboard Top 200 after 26 years.

U2's Adam Clayton is suing the band's money manager for "negligence."


MICHAEL JACKSON: Parents Joe and Katherine are feuding over the singer's death.

GARY COLEMAN reportedly directed that he did not want anyone to pull the plug on him ... if he was ever in that situation.  Also, the mystery woman in his will was his girlfriend?

BRADLEY COOPER & RENEE ZELLWEGER are not engaged to be married, according to their reps.

LINDSAY LOHAN's pals are worried that the departure of her assistant is the beginning of a total unravel.

KATE HUDSON was spotted around Paris with Muse's frontman, Matthew Bellamy.

HEIDI & SPENCER are now accusing each other of having affairs, RadarOnline, with Heidi reportedly hiring a private investigator.

THE TONY AWARDS went to folks most would associate more with Hollywood, including Scarlett Johansson and Denzel Washington.

BURMA denies recent reports that it is developing a nuclear weapons program.

IRAN's hardline Revolutionary Guards have been rewarded with multi-billion dollar business contracts as payback for helping to suppress the mass protests that convulsed the country a year ago.

IRAQ's new parliament convened for just under 20 minutes Monday in what was little more than a symbolic inaugural session because of unresolved differences over key government positions - a precarious political limbo three months after inconclusive elections.

PAKISTAN: A Taliban commander bemons the influence of the Pakistani intelligence service.

AFGHANISTAN: The United States has discovered nearly 1 trillion dollars worth of untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials. But is there less here than meets the eye?

POPCORN KITTEHS: Let's go to the video.

300 TORTOISES caught trying to smuggle pot into Kuala Lumpur.

TOAD WHACKING: A possible tourism pitch Down Under.

A DOG foiled a carjacking bid northwest of Sydney.

PAKISTANI CROC RITUAL involves dangling a tot over the reptile's open jaws.

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Bonnaroo, Devo, Gorillaz, Power Pop, Fat Joe   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 14, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE DRUMS: "Forever and Ever, Amen" is a nice jumpstart to a summer week.

BONNAROO: NPR was all over it, so there are sets from the Flaming Lips, The National, Dead Weather, the Avett Bros., Mumford & Sons, the Postellesthe Dodos, Mayer Hawthorne and more streaming on demand.

DEVO is streaming Something For Everybody via Colbert Nation (check the sidebar).

GORILLAZ stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

CLEM SNIDE stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set in audio and video.

TOTO: "Hold the Line." Guilty pleasure.

TRAGIC MAGIC: REFLECTIONS ON POWER POP - an essay by author Michael Chabon, built around Big Star, but hitting a lot of notes. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

LOU REED talks to the Jewish Chronicle about Metal Machine Music. He's contentious... shocka! (Thx, LHB.)

MOUNTAIN GOATS: The Salt Lake Tribune talks to Peter Hughes and gets e-mail from John Darnielle.

LOS CAMPESINOS! Gareth talks to PopMatters about God, songwriting, death, and growing up.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Karate Kid wins the weekend with 56 million on a 40 million budget. That's way above the 30-35 million the tracking numbers suggested going into the weekend, and much bigger than a lot of would-bes like Prince of Persia and Sex & the City 2. Apparently, families were ready to move on from Shrek. The A-Team underperforms almost as much as Kaarate Kid overperformed, coming in second with a mere 26 million on a 110 million budget (and a similar 35 million tracking number).  Shrek Forever After finally drops from the top slot to the third, with 15.8 million, showing the boost that hangining on to those 3-D screens provides.  Toy Story 3's arrival Friday could be devastating to the ogre.  Get Him to the Greek drps to the fourth slot with 10.1 million; it will likley fall short of Forgetting Sarah Marshall's total, while costing a bit more to make.  Killers rounds out the Top Five (probably undeservedly so) with 8.1 million.

GARY COLEMAN: A third will has surfaced -and in it, the actor leaves everything to a mystery woman.

CHARLIE SHEEN is going to have a hard time nabbing the plea deal he thought he was getting, because the sheriff ain't budging.

TIGER WOODS has been spotted with a beautiful blonde - not his wife - for a second time, according to RadarOnline.

LINDSAY LOHAN's assistant just quit, citing exhaustion.

JANUARY JONES (Mad Men) struck some parked cars, but cops say no crime was committed.

ANGELINA JOLIE as Cleopatra? Makes sense to me.

OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL: Sam Raimi has been offered the director's chair for Disney's prequel to the classic.

SAUDI ARABIA has conducted tests to stand down its air defences to enable Israeli jets to make a bombing raid on Iran's nuclear facilities, according to The Times of London.

IRAN's nuclear chief says his country will begin construction of a new uranium enrichment plant by March of next year, a defiant announcement days after the UN approved tougher sanctions. Russia has frozen the sale of S-300 air defense missiles to Iran. Factional infighting fuelled by a series of splits since the vote was exposed as rigged last year have come to a head with a row over an attack on attack on the family of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of Iran's Islamic revolution.

PAKISTAN: Support for the Taliban in Afghanistan is officially sanctioned at the highest levels of Pakistan's government, according to the Sunday Times.

FAT JOE is looking to slim down and find a home.


COW SEDUCES INDONESIAN MAN: Oh, sure.,. blame the victim.

A TOAD has undergone extraordinary life-saving surgery after it was accidentally stabbed with a garden fork.

CALVIN KLEIN: Obsession for Jaguars?

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Shindig, Shins, Love Language, Cutout Bin, Raccoon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 11, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with SHINDIG! Barry McGuire is joined by the beta version of the Grass Roots on "Out of Sight," and all of them are joined by The Mamas & Papas and Larry Knechtel for Dylan's "She Belongs To Me."  The Grass Roots then play "Ain't That Lovin You Baby."  Barry and the Mamas & Papas cover "Yesterday," Barry drops out for "I Call Your Name" and "Somebody Groovy," but joins in again for "Do You Believe In Magic?", "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away", and "Precious Time."  The big finish is a cover of the McCoys' "Hang On Sloopy".

THE SHINS cover Squeeze's "Goodbye Girl" for Levi's Pioneer Sessions.

LOVE LANGUAGE is advance streaming Libraries via Sub Pop, which says it "captures Spector-esque walls of reckless sound, cavernous drums, middle-school percussion, and moody swells of stringed instruments, all decorated hastily with stray leads, which bleed beautifully all over everything."

BONNAROO: Don't forget that NPR will have sets from bands like Local Natives, Temper Trap, The XX streaming on demand, as well as a live stream from the festival. 

DELTA SPIRIT stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a chat and mini-set.

PHANTOGRAM did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE VASELINES are offering "I Hate the 80s" as an advance track to their first LP in over 20 years, in return for your addy. Or you can check it out on the ol' HM.

JANIS JOPLIN is one of Morning Edition's 50 Great Voices.

SEALS & CROFT: "Summer Breeze." Because it's that time of year in this hemisphere.

KINGS GO FORTH: Andy Noble, founding bassist of the ten-piece, Milwaukee-based soul orchestra, talks to The New Yorker about his former gig as a record store owner.  And if you haven't heard the band, you can check 'em out via the ol' HM.

RICHARD THOMPSON talks music with The Telegraph as he prepares to curate this year's Meltdown festival today.

BYRON COLEY talks in-depth to Perfect Sound Forever. And if you don't know who he is, all the more reason to click.

JAY-Z, in a Rolling Stone cover story, talks up indie rock.

THE 50 GREATEST GUITARISTS EVER, as ordained by Slash, Brian Lauritzen of KUSC, Fred Child of American Public Media, Gary Wagner of KKJZ, Uncle Joe Benson of KLOS, Smithsonian Folkways, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry.

THE BEST OF 2010 (so far), according to eMusic. (Thx, LHB.)

THE CUTOUT BIN: From Wire to Manfred Mann's Earth Band, from the Bangles to the Chiffons, from Echo & the Bunnymen to Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs, plus Stevie Wonder, the Buzzcocks, the Rolling Stones and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: The enormous depth of Hollywood's creativity is unleashed with this weekend's wide releases, which are The Karate Kid, which is currently scoring 58 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The A-Team, which is scoring 50 percent.

LINDSAY LOHAN has been approached by Donald Trump to star in the next "Celebrity Apprentice" season.

MADONNA & GWYNETH: How they fell out.


HEIDI & SPENCER: More evidence suggesting their separation is a hoax.

LADY GAGA upstaged her little sister Natali at her graduation.

SHIA LeBEOUF was busted trying to swipe a paparazzo's camera.

LARRY KING's wife left a handwritten note stating she OD'd on purpose and indicated where she wanted to be buried ... this according to police.

NORTH KOREA's currency devaluation, apparently an attempt to prop up a foundering state-run economy, was for some the worst disaster since a famine that killed hundreds of thousands in the mid-1990s.

IRAN: One day after the Security Council approved new sanctions against them, the authorities in Tehran threatened to revise their relationship with the United Nations' nuclear watchdog, using familiar language that has in the past presaged moves to limit global oversight of Iran's nuclear program.

AFGHANISTAN: Gen. McCrystal said Thursday that major parts of the military operation to secure Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban movement, would be pushed back because it was taking longer than expected to win local support.  Meanwhile, suspected Taliban militants executed a seven-year-old boy in southern Afghanistan after accusing him of spying for the government.

A RACCOON dropped in on the NBC25 morning show. What he really wants to do is direct.

A SEA TURTLE swam all the way to Florida to return a camera lost in the Caribbean.

A JACK RUSSELL TERRIER bit off more than he could chew when he devoured the morning post and the mashed up paper and envelope glue set, locking his jaws together.

PET SNAKE strangles owner. Bad snake!

THE AFRICAN EYEWORM: Click at your own risk. I warned you.

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Replacements, Wilco, Pearl Jam, Tattooed Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DUM DUM GIRLS drop the video for "Bhang Bhang, I'm a Burnout."

THE REPLACEMENTS, at CBGBs on 10.12.84.

WILCO, at the Ryman on 10.29.02 and the Riv on 2.18.08.

BONNAROO: You can download a free sampler via iTunes and NPR.

PEARL JAM had an unreleased track, "Better Days," leak on teh Internets.

STARS drops "Wasted Daylight" as an advance track from The Five Ghosts.

WAVVES drops "Post Acid" from their forthcoming King of the Beach.

AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT have released a new song and video for 'Neda,' which pays tribute to Neda Agha-Soltan, the Iranian student whose murder during last year's election protests became an international news story. The song is part of the 'I Am Neda' campaign, an Amnesty International-sponsored project that aims to help spread awareness of human rights violations in Iran.

THE BEATLES: "Rain." Shine. The weather's fine.

THE NATIONAL: The Monreal Gazette publishes the full transcript of its interview with Matt Berninger.

LAURA MARLING talked with Paste about touring, her first years in London and her recent drunken encounter with Neil Young.

THE DRUMS frontman Jonathan Pierce talks to Spinner about buzz band status and his synth pop phase.

KING KHAN played Australia's Vivid LIVE festival, curated by Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed. Here's a review, though what you really want to read is Khan's insane tour diary.

LINDSAY LOHAN says she is "working to get proof" that she is clean, after her SCRAM bracelet went off Sunday.

GARY COLEMAN left bittersweet funeral instructions in his will. Todd Bridges claims his former co-star left a "huge" secret pension.

LARRY KING's wife Shawn overdosed on pills and RadarOnline obtained the 911 call.

BRITNEY SPEARS may be sued for sexual harassment by a former bodyguard. Another ex-Britney minder went to court in 2007, similarly complaining about the her erratic behavior and insistence on walking around naked.

KENDRA WILKINSON is still trying to play the victim over the sex tape (she tried to shop herself before taking a share of the profits), but she's talking to E! (whith whom she's had a relationship), so it's taken seriously.

ROSAMUND PIKE may join X-Men: First Class as Emma Frost.

IRAN: The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency singled out Iran for the first time as a special case because of suspicions it is hiding experimental nuclear weapons programs.  Nevertheless, the list of Iranian individuals and entities to be sanctioned by the UN Security Council today is modest.  That's partially because Iran building a formidable diplomatic network.  C. Fred Bergsten, a former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Carter Administration, says the chances the new sanctions will get Iran to capitulate on its nuclear program are "virtually zero."  Shocka.

AFGHANISTAN: The Taliban are burying dirty needles with their bombs in a bid to infect British troops with HIV, according to Tory MP and ex-Army officer Patrick Mercer.

S & M TATTOOED SPHINX CATS: Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

HEY, ARE THOSE SMUGGLED SONGBIRDS in your pants? I guess that's why they call him Sonny Dong.

ATTACK OF THE CATERPILLARS: It's the sequel to Attack of the Frogs.

BEARS are banned from the G8 Summit.

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